By John Vogl
One of the best memories of Corey Tropp's life was putting on the Sabres' uniform for the first time and debuting in the NHL.
He's got a new uniform now. Columbus claimed the right winger off waivers this afternoon, ending Tropp's stay in Buffalo.
"I was a little disappointed with what transpired," Tropp told The Buffalo News by phone. "It was an honor to be a Sabre. One of my greatest memories is my first game I ever played at home. It was real excitement.
"They were great to me and gave me an opportunity to get my first NHL games and help me grow as a person on and off the ice. I’m just very thankful for all the help they’ve given me while I was here."
Now that the Sabres are in the past, the third-round pick in 2007 wants to show he should have been part of Buffalo's future. He's been thinking about it since being told he was going on waivers.
"I was just trying to have the mind-set of wherever I end up or wherever I go I wanted to make sure I prove to them that it’s a mistake," Tropp told The News. "I’m a passionate player, and I think that shows in my play. It was definitely tough getting the news yesterday, but it’s exciting to have a good opportunity in front of me.
"At the end of the day, I’ve got to go out and hopefully make Buffalo regret making that move."